Paris has not lost any of its inspirational qualities. When wanting to detect next season’s men’s trends at an early stage, going to Paris is always a good idea. Especially MAN and Capsule offered an extensive range of directional collections from new and established players in the contemporary menswear market. Drawing conclusion from their offers and the fashion shows and showrooms scattered all over the city, these are the top ten menswear trends we spotted in Paris for fall/winter ’16.

1. Utility / Workwear
Military greens and browns, heavy wool qualities, parkas and even camouflage prints: utility references were all in-your-face this time at the fall/winter '16 collections.

Ètudes Studio
Ètudes Studio


2. '90s Skate
Finding their climax in Francesco Ragazzi’s show for Palm Angels, cut-off jeans paired with slip-ons, rastafari-colors and hemp prints have never been hipper - at least not since the late late '90s. 

Palm Angels
Palm Angels
 

3. Checks & Plaids
There wasn’t a piece more commonly seen on the trade show racks throughout all of the upper casual men’s collection than the checkered shirt. Apart from the black-and-red woolen Kurt Cobain homage, there’s a range of various materials, colors and detailing around. 

The Hill-Side
The Hill-Side
 

4. Grunge
There’s not only the great offer of trend 3 variations (checked woolen shirts), but also other grungy elements to look out for in fall ’16, such as mélange knits and distressed denim (jackets).

DDugoff
DDugoff



5. Zippers
Zippers play an increasing role next season, especially in tops. They bring variation to turtle neck sweaters and pullovers and work as a button-replacement in classic shirts or jackets.

3 Paradis
3 Paradis


6. Urban usefulness
Life in cities is fast and challenging. In order to stay flexible and active, today’s fashion conscious men tend to strive for “clever” fashion solutions such as detachable layers and even pockets, as in the case of London newcomer Beau Homme.

Beau Homme
Beau Homme


7. Padded
Why pad only jackets? For full insulation (and super cool looks), progressive men dress in padded jumpers or even pants next winter – not only on the skiing slope.

Maiden Noir
Maiden Noir


8. Plushy materials
How fluffy! Plush materials and fleeces are having a moment next season. There are not only jumpers, jackets and vests fully made of synthetic plush or shearling, but also pants and accessories. 

ts(s)
ts(s)


9. Warm yellow / burnt orange
We didn’t see this coming, but there is a strong trend towards strong yellow tones from sunflower to burnt orange shades in many of the coming men’s collections. Yellow highlight pieces come in the form of shirts, (quilted) jackets or jumpers.

Uniforms for the Dedicated
Uniforms for the Dedicated


10. Pinks
It’s not only Pantone’s pastel pink that will be strong next winter – all shades of pink, ranging from dusty heather tones to strong and bright pink tones are invading menswear most powerfully.  

Julian Zigerli
Julian Zigerli